Autobiographies by Film Directors

This is a list of English-language autobiographies by film directors. Some are easier to find than others. To the best of my knowledge I’ve excluded pure interviews but it’s possible that some of the books are re-edited interviews or journals. Please add more titles in the comments.

Ingmar Bergman

  • The Magic Lantern

John Boorman

  • Adventures of a Suburban Boy

Luis Buñuel

  • My Last Sigh

Frank Capra

  • The Name Above the Title

Alex Cox

  • X Films

Federico Fellini

  • I, Fellini

Samuel Fuller

  • A Third Face

Lewis Gilbert

  • All My Flashbacks

Marina Goldovskaya

  • Woman with a Movie Camera

John Huston

  • An Open Book

Krzysztof Kieślowski

  • Kieślowski on Kieślowski

Stanley Kramer

  • A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Akira Kurosawa

  • Something Like an Autobiography

Spike Lee

  • Spike Lee

Paul Mazursky

  • Show Me The Magic

Ismael Merchant

  • My Passage from India

Gordon Parks

  • Voices in the Mirror

Roman Polanski

  • Roman

Michael Powell

  • A Life in Movies

Satyajit Ray

  • My Years with Apu

Jean Renoir

  • My Life And My Films

Leni Riefenstahl

  • Leni Riefenstahl

Robert Rodriguez

  • Rebel Without a Crew

Alan Rosenthal

  • Jerusalem, Take One!

Ken Russell

  • A British Picture

Don Siegal

  • A Siegal Film

Kevin Smith

  • My Boring Ass Life

Andrzej Wajda

  • Double Vision

John Waters

  • Shock Value

2 thoughts on “Autobiographies by Film Directors

  1. Two more additions.

    1. Federico Fellini had a book called I, Fellini which isn’t a pure memoir but the information in there is as honest as what one would find in an autobiography. The chapter he describes where he felt like a beggar to the producers is priceless. There was a quote along the lines of that producers didn’t want to make a Fellini film but instead wanted to make a film with Fellini. That slight change made a world of difference.

    2. Satyajit Ray, My Years with Apu

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